X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
9PM, TDT ★★1/2
This Marvel blockbuster starts out fast, furious and funky – let’s go to the 1970s, everyone! – before fizzling out to a forced, flat effort. Designed as a joint venture to bring us the best of both X-Men worlds (the Patrick Stewart-led original series and the new James McAvoy one), the storyline gradually gets caught up in an incoherent tangle from which it can never properly free itself. The best part about Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) taking an urgent timetravel trip to Watergate-era Washington is when he briefly crosses paths with superfast slacker Quicksilver (Evan Peters). A big cast labours hard, but not always for the greater good. Effects work can be breathtaking at times, as expected. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender and Ellen Page.